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Useful vocabulary for sunny days in Italy
When going to Italy during the summer, some ‘seasonal’ terms can turn out to be quite useful for those who want to plunge into Italian culture, as well as into the deep blue Italian sea.
By doing so, you'll be able to get familiar with local culture through language, and make the most of a lovely holiday. It is unlikely not to find anyone speaking in English in touristic spots, especially if you visit well known locations, nevertheless, learning some new Italian words could always be a good idea to feel part of the place you are visiting.
Here is some of the most common summer Italian words and expressions!
Expressing an opinion, agreeing or not with somebody, giving or asking for advice are all common, everyday actions, which are described in Italian, as in every language, by a special vocabulary. Here are some of the more common.
These espressions will help you to enrich your vocabulary and the more you practice them, the better you master them.
Ascolta! = Listen! (Imperativo)
Capisco....= I understand/ I know
Che cosa vuoi dire? = what do you mean?
Bene, vediamo....= Well, let me see....
Capisci quello che intendo dire? = Do you see what I mean?
Va bene = All right
E' abbastanza chiaro? = Is that clear enough?
Chiedere un'opinione = Asking for opinion
Useful vocabulary for your Christmas holidays: some key words you should know in Italian.
If you have decided to go on holiday to Italy around Christmas time, there are some words you absolutely need to know and recognize. Here is a list of the most common Italian words related to Christmas.
English communication in Italy
Io no speak English is the title of an Italian movie reflecting the conditions of a lot of Italians who can't speak English very well. It is simply a film, but what is the real situation about Italians speaking English?
During a date is sometimes difficult to start a conversation, as it may require more confidence than usual: if you are out on the town together, it means you probably like each other already, but a good chat may help to get to know each other better.
I think pizza is the most popular dish around the world.
Most people think pizza has Italian origins and this is mostly true, but the dish may have some very ancient roots, indeed. The Persians were probably the first to put vegetables on large slices of bread and it appears they introduced the ancient Greeks to the practice . This dish became then popular all over the Mediterranean, but it was only during the nineteenth century that a baker from Naples, Raffaele Esposito, finally baked what we call pizza today, with tomato sauce. In 1889, on the occasion of the visit of the Royal Italian couple, he made a pizza called Margherita in honour of the queen.
After the Second World War, when Americans returned from Europe, they exported this amazing dish and contributed to its diffusion around the United States, where today is among the best loved dishes.
I noticed recently a bunch of cusine programmes on TV. At any hour of the day you can learn new recipes, new foods and above all master chef teach you how to cook. They are very popular and people love them, because they find challenging to cook delicious food.
As you know, Italian cousine is very apreciated around the world and everyone are curious about recipes and the popularity of delicious dishes has made known Italian dishes worldwide.
Cooking food at home is one of the best way to eat without " breaking the bank", although the most of the people can't pull this off regularly. Too many people believe they don't have the time and that's the most common excuse anyway; but books ,internet or careful guidance show the whole picture of cooking quick and easy recipes.
Solitamente durante la conversazione affrontiamo diverse forme di saluto, quelle di congedo oppure certi modi che rivelano i rapporti fra gli interlocutori e possibilmente anche la cortesia. Le giustificazioni invece nascono dall'esigenza di chiarire il proprio comportamento, anche qui bisogna non esagerare per non finire nell'umiliazione di se stessi. Da qui nasce l'esigenza di usare differenti forme di cortesia a seconda con chi parliamo; per esempio con un estraneo, un'autorità, un anziano, un insegnante insomma se l'ambiente in cui siamo è formale o informale. Infatti l'uso dei pronomi indicano i rapporti tra i parlanti, in cui si sottolineano rapporti di superiorità e inferiorità; si tratta di solito di pronomi di seconda persona singolare e plurale.
Dialogue: How to Buy Clothes in Italy
When you are in Italy you will find many different types of shops, in fact great shopping is one of the many things that Italy is famous for. There are two main types of shops selling clothes in Italy, big stores and small or "medium" shops.
Big stores are usually situated in shopping malls and they are normally chains of foreign brands like H&M, Zara and Berska. Department stores also count among the big stores. Of course, big cities in Italy are also full of designer boutiques and there are also many outlets to be found across the country.
This is a sample conversation to give you an idea as to what phrases you'll need to learn in order to have a conversation in an Italian Post Office. I have attempted to make this conversation as natural as possible:
Impiegato Postale /Postal Clerk: Buongiorno, posso aiutarla? = Good morning, may I help you?
Cliente/Customer: Si, vorrei dei francobolli, per favore = Yes, I would like some stamps, please.
I: Di quanti ne ha bisogno? = How many do you need?
C: 20 = venti
I: Sono E.30,45 = That will be E.30,45
Second Customer: Scusi c'ero prima io = I'm sorry, it was my turn
C: No, lei si sbaglia, c'ero prima io = No, you are wrong, it was my turn
I: Avete preso il numero e vi siete messi in fila? = Did you get a number and get in line?
C: Si = yes, we did
I: Allora controlliamo e vediamo a chi tocca (di chi è il turno!) = Then let's check and see whose turn it is.
The wide variety of banking services available nowadays forces us to learn useful vocabulary about banking operations and savings accounts, such as how to take out a loan and how to ask about the terms and conditions of the financial services offered.
There are many definitions of a bank: in general, we can define banks as financial institutions whose basic purpose is to receive deposits and grant loans. More precisely, banks hold clients' money for safe-keeping in the form of deposits on which they pay a certain amount of interest.
This is an over-simplified explanation of what a bank does, but the most important thing when you arrive in Italy is what and how to ask for money for your needs here.
These easy dialogs will help you.
Bank teller = cassiere
Viaggiare in Treno in Italia - Railway Travel in Italy
In Italy, the train is a very common means of trasportation, and one of the most convenient ways to get around the country. I can't think of a better way to see Italy's great cities as trains link just about every city center.
There are different types of trains by cost and speed, namely the Regionale, Intercity and Eurostar.
The first is a local train and it is cheap and usually safe. This kind of train connects the smaller towns with the big cities. Intercity covers long distances and it's fast and usually less populated, while the Eurostar is more comfortable, expensive and always requires a reservation.
During high season in Italy it's a must to reserve your seats and, if you can afford it, always recommended to go for the first class upgrade.
Grocery shopping in italy
Shopping in Italy can be quite a pleasant activity no matter what you are seeking, even in the cities. Often, simply strolling the streets will yield surprising outdoor markets and specialty stores, as well as larger grocery stores, or supermarkets. In these stores you can use coupons and buy larger quantities, but the local markets are more colorful and full of human interaction.
Below is a series of short conversations between a shopper and various staff, managers and owners of stores. Have fun reading, and next time you are in a store in Rome, try some of these useful phrases:
1) Conversation between a vendor and a client:
Complaining in Italian / Lamentarsi o Esprimere Disappunto in Italiano
Italians are an expressive people. To them love, happiness and even anger is meant to be shared. If you have a complaint while in Italy--whether you are returning something to a store or are unsatisfied with your meal--and want to voice it, here are some dialogues that should make the process easier for you. If you’ve bought something from a shop and found the goods to be faulty, damaged, or not as described when you bought them, you can simply take them back to the store and the store will either replace them or offer you a full refund. Likewise, if you go to a restaurant and your meal wasn’t what you ordered or there is something wrong with it, you simply call for the waiter who will replace the meal or offer you a refund.
For many, shopping is an integral part of a vacation and there aren't many places where you'll find better shopping than in Italy. Whether you're looking for clothing or souvenirs, shopping in Italy requires a certain set of phrases, learn these and your shopping trips will be a breeze! Here are some parts of a common conversation that occurs in a dress shop to help:
come salutare in modo adeguato, corretto = appropriate greetings
iniziare una conversazione = initiating the conversation
dettagli riguardanti la tua taglia = details about your size
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Words and Phrases to Help You at an Italian Hair Salon
Sometimes there's nothing that beats a visit to a good hairdresser. Getting a great hair cut can bring you out of a funk or make you feel like a new woman--or man. I don't get haircuts often, but I do trim it regularly. I love that my hair stylist is always aware of the newest trends and she lets me know what's in and what's not. When at the hairdresser there are also tons of magazines that I can look through to find the style I want. To tell you the truth the shampoo is probably my favorite part because of the head massage. It's just like heaven to me!
One great way to see Italy is by car. Not only will you be able to visit a multitude of spots, but you'll also have control over when and where you stop. Adding freedom and the open road to your Italy trip means a virtually perfect vacation.
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Durante la vostra permanenza in Italia, se vi ammalate potreste aver bisogno di andare in farmacia e chiedere delle medicine. Perchè il farmacista è il principale professionista della salute, ti aiuterà a trovare la medicina adatta al tuo disturbo.
Per questo motivo, è utile imparare alcune parole o frasi da utilizzare quando si va in Farmacia. Forse potresti essere allergico ad alcune di medicine, quindi è molto importante specificare le tue allergie.
Sotto, un tipico dialogo tra un cliente ed il farmacista.
During your stay in Italy, if you get sick you may need to go to the pharmacy to get medication.
In any case, as the pharmacist is a primary health professional, he/she will find the right medicine for you.
For this reason, it's helpful to learn some useful words or phrases. You may be allergic to certain drugs or treatments, so it's important to know how to specify your allergies.